SUNDAY, MAY 13, 2012.
AT SYNOD, DIOCESE OF UGHELLI TASKS JUDICIARY ON REFORM
REV. CANON GABRIEL KPAGBAN
THE Bishop of the Diocese of Ughelli (Anglican Communion), Rt. Rev. Cyril O. Odutemu, has called on the judiciary to redeem its image from public perception that it dispenses justice only to the highest bidders, noting that the menace of corruption would be stemmed only when the institution becomes more ethical.
The Bishop said this at the All Saints Chapel, DSC Steel Town, Orhuwhorun, Delta State, in his Presidential Address, delivered during the Third session of the Fifth Synod of the diocese held on April 28 to May 2, 2012 under the theme: ‘Behold I am Coming Soon: the Relevance of Current Religious and Political Insurgences in Nigeria to Jesus’ Eschaton’.
Odutemu condemned the Boko Haram insurgence, which has resulted in the death of innocent Nigerians in Christian places of worship and encouraged faithful to be steadfast, saying the crisis indicates the Second Coming of Christ is near.
He also urged them to be vigilant and prayerful so that they would not be weighed down by the happenings.
Chief Albert Akpomudje, who is also the Chancellor of the Diocese, chaired presentation of the charge. In attendance were Bishop Imasuen of the Diocese of Benin; Bishop Jolly Oyenkpen of the Diocese of Akoko Edo; Bishop Jacob Bada of the Diocese of Etsako and Bishop Blessing Erifeta of the Diocese of Sapele, among others.